Thursday, August 23, 2012
Hope and concern: New York Jets
By James Walker
Half of the preseason is in the books.
Here are reasons for hope and concern for the New York Jets:
Reason for hope: defense
New York's defense appears to have its swagger back. It's a group that has looked good in minicamp and training camp, and has played solid preseason football. The pass rush has improved. First-round pick Quinton Coples has a lot to do with that. And the secondary looks even better than last season with the additions of new safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell. Keep an eye on Landry in particular. He is around the ball, forcing turnovers and making big hits. If Landry stays healthy, he's definitely an athletic upgrade over Eric Smith and Jim Leonhard. New York's defense will have few holes if the safety play improves.
Reason for concern: offense
All you need to know is New York is the only team yet to score a touchdown. Eight quarters have yielded just nine points for the Jets. New York isn't showing everything this preseason. But the Jets need to show a little something to inspire hope that this group can improve from last season's debacle. Nothing is going right offensively. The Jets aren't running, passing or blocking well. It's even hard to evaluate the quarterbacks --Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow -- because both have been sacked nine times in two games. If New York's offense continues to play at this level, it could be a long season for New York.